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TP-LINK TL-WN823N Wireless N300 Mini USB Adapter, 300Mbps, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, WEP/WPA/WPA2

  • 300Mbps, Fashion Mini design
  • Soft AP for Internet Sharing
  • Easy encryption w/ WPS button
  • Advanced Security-WPA / WPA2
  • Plug & Play for Windows 8
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  • newegg 300Mbps Wireless N Speed – Extend Wireless Coverage With wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps and advanced MIMO technology, the TL-WN823N provides you with a fast, reliable wireless connection for lag-free online gaming and video streaming. Better still, TL-WN823N achieves the best performance with wireless N devices, but also works seamlessly with existing IEEE 802.11b/g networks.
  • newegg SoftAP Mode – Easy Wireless Internet Sharing SoftAP Mode enables this tiny adapter to work as a virtual wireless Access Point. Once applied, this mode allows users to easily turn their existing wired connections to a laptop or PC into wireless and share it with other Wi-Fi enabled devices like laptops, smartphones or tablets.
  • newegg One Button Security Setup Compatible with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), TL-WN823N features Quick Security Setup that allows users to almost instantly setup their security simply by pressing the WPS button to automatically establish a WPA2 secure connection, more secure than WEP encryptions. Not only is this faster than normal security setups but more convenient in that users needn't remember a password!
  • newegg Easy to Use Included in the resource CD, TP-LINK's optimized configuration utility can help users complete the entire software installation and wireless network settings in just few minutes. Its simple and user friendly interface makes TL-WN823N so convenient that even novice users can get started quickly and establish their connections effortlessly.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Joseph K.
  • 2/15/2015 8:22:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast & Easy!

Pros: - Small!
- Fast!
- 40Ft Range With 5 Bars 60Ft Range 4 Bars!
- High Gain!
- Great Internet Speed!

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: Worth EVERY CENT! :DDD

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  • George M.
  • 2/6/2015 5:31:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA terrific product!

Pros: The on-board wireless in my 7 year old laptop went south. This unit had favorable reviews and was on sale, so I bought it.
Installation in Windows was a piece of cake. I always download drivers to get the most recent version and save to my hard drive. I inserted the unit, brought up Device Manager, clicked on the on-board wireless, clicked on Disable, clicked on this unit, clicked on Update Driver, browsed to my OS, clicked on OK, and the installation took just a couple of seconds.

Cons: Now for the bad news – there are no native Linux drivers on the disk or on the Web site.
I use EasyBCD to dual-boot 64-bit Win7 and 64-bit Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca. I booted into Linux and tried the ndiswrapper method; no go. I downloaded the driver from the Realtek Web site; again no go. I searched for and tried other recommendations; still no go.
On a hunch, I booted with the Linux Mint live DVD. It detected this unit, and I connected to my wireless router. So I booted into Linux, backed up my files, booted into Win7, deleted the Linux partitions and formatted the free space. I again booted the live DVD, connected to my wireless router and did a fresh install. Finally, I restored my backed-up files. Everything went smoothly.
Bottom line: getting this unit to function in Linux is likely to be a royal pain. On the other hand, it is worth the work.

Other Thoughts: This unit rescued my old laptop. Its small size is a bonus.

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  • David K.
  • 2/4/2015 7:50:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for Cheap

Pros: Got it for $10. For what I paid it works great. The range is decent, the speed is decent. No connection problems where I use it, which admittedly isn't that far from the router. It's small, perfect for use with laptops.
It has a WPS button. That's pretty awesome for such a small, inexpensive adapter.

Cons: Not the greatest max bandwidth, but for what I paid I'm not complaining.
2.4 GHz only. Again, not really a con for it's price range.

Other Thoughts: If you only use your network for browsing the internet, streaming movies or downloads, then this adapter will work just fine. If you're into file sharing and high speed is important to you, then you might want to consider an adapter with a higher max bandwidth.
Honestly, if you can get this adapter for $10, then it deserves a 5 Egg rating. But for over $20, it gets 4.

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  • Donald K.
  • 2/1/2015 10:25:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJUNK Adapter

Pros: Small

Cons: Is pulling MAX 120Mbps where at the same distance my Netgear WNA1100 adapter is pulling 150Mbps(max bandwidth). This adapter definitely has a much cheaper less quality antenna on it. I'm very disappointed, I will not be buying any TP-Link products in the future (i had such high hopes for this company too).

Other Thoughts: Both adapters were tested at the same exact distance on the same exact Router channel. It was as close to a scientific quality test as I could provide. The TP Link adapter just flat out does not have the same reception quality as the 4+ year old Netgear. Heed my advice....don't buy this product!!

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  • Bradley R.
  • 1/4/2015 4:16:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks after driver install.

Pros: It's small. I have it plugged into the internal port of my PCI USB card so that it's not dangling outside of the case.

Good price.

Stable connection to an AirPort Express 2nd Gen (Wireless N model).

Cons: The TP Link adapter that it replaced was auto-detected and drivers installed automatically by Windows 8 and Windows 7. This model was not. I had to download and install it manually. This is not a technically difficult thing to do, but it's a nuisance because the computer was without a network connection. I used a flash drive and moved the installer, but still... considering an older, larger, slower (G) model of the same brand was plug and play, this one is deserving of one star less than max.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/22/2014 10:16:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks As Advertised

Pros: Tiny, Simple, Easy Configuration

Cons: None really.

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4 out of 5 eggsNifty if you do not have 802.11n already

Pros: Tiny, fast, lightweight. This adapter is pretty good for what it is and for the price. If you are running a machine that was manufactured within the last 4 - 5 years, chances are it has a wireless card installed already and that wireless card supports 802.11n. If you do not, this is a viable option for you to add/upgrade wireless capabilities on your computer. This usb network adapter is much better than older products which were large, clunky and often times required having to carry around an extra usb cable. This device is smaller than most thumb drives and can easily be added to a laptop bag or even just in your pocket. Speeds were fairly consistent with what I would expect as far as a usb network device is concerned. The theoretical maximum speed for the USB 2.0 specification is 480 Megabits per second. While this is faster than the 802.11n standard, you will be hard-pressed to find a machine that is capable of transferring data at this speed. My typical experience with data rates over this (and other) 802.11N devices is roughly 150 - 200Mbps which is still really quick. This figure varies greatly however depending on the quality of signal, proximity to the access point, quality of your usb controller, etc.

This device will perform well when you want it and where you want it with some exceptions noted in the con section. One other nice feature of this adapter is that you can mount it on an extension cable to a parabolic dish to use as a wok-tenna or wi-fry receiver (funny names for home made radio dishes that utilize the adapter as the receiver for wireless signals). search instructables.com for more info on those types of DIY projects.

Cons: Range. The range on this unit is much more limited than an internal wi-fi card with longer antennas. As noted above, this can be rectified if one is so inclined to take a DIY approach, but at that point you might want to reconsider your use of a usb wi-fi adapter in the first place iunless you have no choice. On my internal wireless cards on my Macbook, Asus UL80VT laptop and my internal Asus 802.11n wireless card in my desktop PC I am able to detect and connect to quite a few more networks than I was able to within the same radius using the USB adapter. This is to be expected due to the lack of external antennas but if you're looking for something for at home or a small office, should work just fine.

Only 2.4GHz band. While the average consumer does not care about 2.4GHz vs 5GHz wireless spectrums, I find that utilizing the less crowded 5GHz spectrum to be very beneficial to my home environment where our neighborhood is flooded with other 2.4GHz signals from both inside and outside of my home. Having a dual-band option would have been nice.

None of these negatives would prevent me from purchasing this device, especially given the price point of < $30.00 at the time of this review. They do detract slightly from the overall rating.

Other Thoughts: If I could have said 4.5 stars, I would have.

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  • Sharon O.
  • 7/30/2014 9:02:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy as Pie

Pros: I had a problem with my onboard Wi-Fi and my windows XP operating system. It would constantly look for a certificate when I used a secure connection (WPA2). On an open connection it would connect fine. I tried for weeks to resolve the issue without success. I read online it was not uncommon to have issues trying to use WPA2 and Windows XP. I decided to stop fighting it the TP-Link was a cheap solution. I installed the software hit the WPS button on my router and on the TP-Link a was connected instantly. I then turned off my on board Wi-Fi. Signal strength was great 5 bars and I use my laptop downstairs without issues.

Cons: I should of done this sooner but I don't like to be beaten by an electronic device.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat little adapter

Pros: Cheap

Small without being uselessly tiny and sacrificing functionality

WPS functionality for quick setup

Performed quite well for a small adapter - I had no issues with signal degradation, nor did I experience packet loss/connectivity problems compared to a larger USB wireless adapter wandering around my home network.

Cons: AP functionality is a bit limited, but that's not really a con at this price point.

Other Thoughts: Great little adapter if you just need a small USB wireless adapter for a mobile device on your home network, or if you just need a very portable wireless adapter for your laptop on the go.

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4 out of 5 eggsUltra portable, almost to its own detriment

Pros: - Extremely compact.

- Build quality is quite good, the plastic is nice and strong, and the USB connector is well made.

- Set up is extremely quick and simple. The instructions are concise and perfectly depict the set up process. By using the CD set up instructions, I was up and running within 3 minutes, and at no point were any instructions given which I feel would have stumped the average consumer.

- The included software isn’t anything groundbreaking, it’s mostly information and from Windows, just organized better. It does tell you a few things Windows doesn’t however. It also enables you to use the softAP feature of the adapter.

- The softAP (Software Access Point) feature is something I didn’t expect to see in this adapter, and in my experience, I’ve usually found tacked on features for items to be somewhat disappointing, this however was a very neat feature. To put it simply, if it gives somebody network access where they otherwise wouldn’t have it, then it’s already proven itself useful. In my tests I found the range of the created network to be around 25 feet, and the speeds were an improvement (only just) over my existing WiFi network.

Cons: - In all my tests, this adapter failed to match the throughput of a built in wireless card, or a hardwire connection. When I tested its reliability, this adapter was hands down the poorest performer, which I can only attribute to its small internal antenna. This lack of reliability was the result of being a great distance (100+ feet) away from my router.

- TP-Link claims that this is a 300Mb/s (37.5MB/s) adapter, however I never saw any numbers even approaching those transfer speeds. Even in a file transfer to my computer from another computer on my network, using this adapter, the transfer capped out at about 7MB/s.

- TP-Link software doesn’t check for driver or firmware updates, would have been a good feature to throw in.

Other Thoughts: - These benchmarks were taken on my desktop, roughly 15 feet away from my router; averaged from 5 tests each.

- Ethernet: 18.6ms 3.6MB/s Down 740KB/s Up

- Adapter with Windows drivers: 20ms 1.86MB/s Down 746KB/s Up

- Adapter with TP-Link drivers USB2.0: 19ms 1.99MB/s Down 744KB/s Up

- Adapter with TP-Link drivers USB3.0: 19.6ms 966KB/s Down 729KB/s Up

- Unsurprisingly, the Ethernet connection provided the best speeds and was nearly perfectly consistent between tests. As for varying the drivers, there was virtually no difference; the results were fairly consistent between tests but nowhere near the Ethernet connection. The only outlier in the benchmarks was plugging the adapter into a USB3.0 port, which provided very inconsistent results which were slower than anything else.

- These benchmarks were taken on a HP Pavilion DV4 1222NR running only on battery power, just over 100 feet away from my router. The most appropriate drivers were used for each adapter. USB adapters were always plugged into the same USB2.0 port; averaged from 5 tests each (unless otherwise noted).

- Wireless card: 20.6ms 959KB/s Down 723KB/s Up

- Adapter: 22ms 293KB/s Down 123KB/s Up; failed last 4 tests due to connectivity issues.

- Older adapter (TL-WN722N): 22.3ms 330KB/s Down 369KB/s Up; failed first test due to connectivity issues.

- Older adapter (TL-WN722N) with larger antenna (TL-ANT2408C): 21.4ms 463KB/s Down 343KB/s Up

- These benchmarks demonstrate the importance of bus speed and antenna size. The built in wireless card was able to trounce all the other wireless solutions quite decisively, with a fairly large antenna and a faster bus speed than the USB adapters. The USB adapters had fair performance, but connectivity issues which were gradually resolved as I moved up to larger antennas.

- This last set of benchmarks were taken on my phone (LG Optimus Elite) while sitting at my desktop. These benchmarks were taken to quantify the softAP feature of the adapter.

- Phone using existing WiFi: 28.6ms 901KB/s Down 403KB/s Up

- Phone using softAP WiFi: 32.6ms 1.15MB/s Down 308KB/s Up

- There’s not much in these numbers, but they were consistent, I would say that the softAP feature of this adapter is useful if you have a lower end wireless router and find yourself often out of your router’s WiFi range.

- In conclusion, this adapter is really best suited as a replacement for a laptop’s dead wireless card. For a desktop PC, where mobility is not important, you would use a hardwire connection, a less mobile wireless adapter, or even an internal wireless card. For a laptop, this adapter was beaten by a 4 year old wireless card, making it useless if you planned to upgrade your wireless performance. Even so, it worked through my subjective tests, and stood up to video streaming, online gaming, and VOIP. I still however, would only recommend this adapter to somebody valuing portability above all else, or somebody who would make freque

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